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  1. Being Servants of ChristMessage on Biblical Servanthood RWCC Part III: The Virtues of a Servant by Pastor Reinaldo A. Z. García Sunday, January 27, 2013

  2. Introduction http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5b1q3P13o2E Being Servants of Christ, Message on Biblical Servanthood - Part III: The Virtues of a Servant

  3. The Virtues of a Servant The “Three Theological Virtues,” Faith (Fides), Hope (Spes), and Love (Caritas), 1 Corinthians 13.3 Being Servants of Christ, Message on Biblical Servanthood - Part III: The Virtues of a Servant

  4. The Virtues of a Servant Being Servants of Christ, Message on Biblical Servanthood - Part III: The Virtues of a Servant

  5. The Virtues of a Servant A Love Story of Two Superlative Servants: Ebed & Rebekah A Bride for Isaac 1Now Abraham was old, advanced in age; and the Lord had blessed Abraham in every way. 2Abraham said to his servant, the oldest of his household, who had charge of all that he owned, “Please place your hand under my thigh, 3and I will make you swear by the Lord, the God of heaven and the God of earth, that you shall not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I live, 4but you will go to my country and to my relatives, and take a wife for my son Isaac.” 5The servant said to him, “Suppose the woman is not willing Being Servants of Christ, Message on Biblical Servanthood - Part III: The Virtues of a Servant

  6. The Virtues of a Servant to follow me to this land; should Itake your son back to the land from where you came?” 6Then Abraham said to him, “Beware that you do not take my son back there! 7The Lord, the God of heaven, who took me from my father’s house and from the land of my birth, and who spoke to me and who swore to me, saying, ‘To your descendants I will give this land,’ He will send His angel before you, and you will take a wife for my son from there. 8But if the woman is not willing to follow you, then you will be free from this my oath; only do not take my son back there.” 9So the servant placed his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master, and swore to him concerning this matter. Being Servants of Christ, Message on Biblical Servanthood - Part III: The Virtues of a Servant

  7. The Virtues of a Servant 10Then the servant took ten camels from the camels of his master, and set out with a variety of good things of his master’s in his hand; and he arose and went to Mesopotamia, to the city of Nahor. 11He made the camels kneel down outside the city by the well of water at evening time, the time when women go out to draw water. 12He said, “O Lord, the God of my master Abraham, please grant me success today, and show lovingkindness to my master Abraham. 13Behold, I am standing by the spring, and the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water; 14now may it be that the girl to whom I say, ‘Please let down your jar so that I may drink,’ and who answers, ‘Drink, and I will Being Servants of Christ, Message on Biblical Servanthood - Part III: The Virtues of a Servant

  8. The Virtues of a Servant water your camels also’—may she be the one whom You have appointed for Your servant Isaac; and by this I will know that You have shown lovingkindness to my master.” Rebekah Is Chosen 15Before he had finished speaking, behold, Rebekah who was born to Bethuel the son of Milcah, the wife of Abraham’s brother Nahor, came out with her jar on her shoulder. 16The girl was very beautiful, a virgin, and no man had had relations with her; and she went down to the spring and filled her jar and came up. 17Then the servant ran to meet her, and said, “Please let me drink a little water from your jar.” 18She said, “Drink, my lord”; Being Servants of Christ, Message on Biblical Servanthood - Part III: The Virtues of a Servant

  9. The Virtues of a Servant and she quickly lowered her jar to her hand, and gave him a drink. 19Now when she had finished giving him a drink, she said, “I will draw also for your camels until they have finished drinking.” 20So she quickly emptied her jar into the trough, and ran back to the well to draw, and she drew for all his camels. 21Meanwhile, the man was gazing at her in silence, to know whether the Lord had made his journey successful or not. 22When the camels had finished drinking, the man took a gold ring weighing a half-shekel and two bracelets for her wrists weighing ten shekels in gold, 23and said, “Whose daughter are you? Please tell me, is there room for us to lodge in your father’s house?” 24She said to Being Servants of Christ, Message on Biblical Servanthood - Part III: The Virtues of a Servant

  10. The Virtues of a Servant him, “I am the daughter of Bethuel, the son of Milcah, whom she bore to Nahor.” 25Again she said to him, “We have plenty of both straw and feed, and room to lodge in.” 26Then the man bowed low and worshiped the Lord. 27He said, “Blessed be the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who has not forsaken His lovingkindness and His truth toward my master; as for me, the Lord has guided me in the way to the house of my master’s brothers.” 28Then the girl ran and told her mother’s household about these things. 29Now Rebekah had a brother whose name was Laban; and Laban ran outside to the man at the spring. 30When he saw the ring and the bracelets on Being Servants of Christ, Message on Biblical Servanthood - Part III: The Virtues of a Servant

  11. The Virtues of a Servant his sister’s wrists, and when he heard the words of Rebekah his sister, saying, “This is what the man said to me,” he went to the man; and behold, he was standing by the camels at the spring. 31And he said, “Come in, blessed of the Lord! Why do you stand outside since I have prepared the house, and a place for the camels?” 32So the man entered the house. Then Laban unloaded the camels, and he gave straw and feed to the camels, and water to wash his feet and the feet of the men who were with him. 33But when food was set before him to eat, he said, “I will not eat until I have told my business.” And he said, “Speak on.” 34So he said, “I am Abraham’s servant. 35The Lord has greatly blessed my Being Servants of Christ, Message on Biblical Servanthood - Part III: The Virtues of a Servant

  12. The Virtues of a Servant master, so that he has become rich; and He has given him flocks and herds, and silver and gold, and servants and maids, and camels and donkeys. 36Now Sarah my master’s wife bore a son to my master in her old age, and he has given him all that he has. 37My master made me swear, saying, ‘You shall not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I live; 38but you shall go to my father’s house and to my relatives, and take a wife for my son.’ 39I said to my master, ‘Suppose the woman does not follow me.’ 40He said to me, ‘The Lord, before whom I have walked, will send His angel with you to make your journey successful, and you will take a wife for my son from my Being Servants of Christ, Message on Biblical Servanthood - Part III: The Virtues of a Servant

  13. The Virtues of a Servant relatives and from my father’s house; 41then you will be free from my oath, when you come to my relatives; and if they do not give her to you, you will be free from my oath.’ 42“So I came today to the spring, and said, ‘O Lord, the God of my master Abraham, if now You will make my journey on which I go successful; 43behold, I am standing by the spring, and may it be that the maiden who comes out to draw, and to whom I say, “Please let me drink a little water from your jar”; 44and she will say to me, “You drink, and I will draw for your camels also”; let her be the woman whom the Lord has appointed for my master’s son.’ Being Servants of Christ, Message on Biblical Servanthood - Part III: The Virtues of a Servant

  14. The Virtues of a Servant 45“Before I had finished speaking in my heart, behold, Rebekah came out with her jar on her shoulder, and went down to the spring and drew, and I said to her, ‘Please let me drink.’ 46She quickly lowered her jar from her shoulder, and said, ‘Drink, and I will water your camels also’; so I drank, and she watered the camels also. 47Then I asked her, and said, ‘Whose daughter are you?’ And she said, ‘The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor’s son, whom Milcah bore to him’; and I put the ring on her nose, and the bracelets on her wrists. 48And I bowed low and worshiped the Lord, and blessed the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who had guided me in the right way to take the daughter of my master’s kinsman Being Servants of Christ, Message on Biblical Servanthood - Part III: The Virtues of a Servant

  15. The Virtues of a Servant for his son. 49So now if you are going to deal kindly and truly with my master, tell me; and if not, let me know, that I may turn to the right hand or the left.” 50Then Laban and Bethuel replied, “The matter comes from the Lord; so we cannot speak to you bad or good. 51Here is Rebekah before you, take her and go, and let her be the wife of your master’s son, as the Lord has spoken.” 52When Abraham’s servant heard their words, he bowed himself to the ground before the Lord. 53The servant brought out articles of silver and articles of gold, and garments, and gave them to Rebekah; he also gave precious things to her brother and to her mother. 54Then Being Servants of Christ, Message on Biblical Servanthood - Part III: The Virtues of a Servant

  16. The Virtues of a Servant he and the men who were with him ate and drank and spent the night. When they arose in the morning, he said, “Send me away to my master.” 55But her brother and her mother said, “Let the girl stay with us a few days, say ten; afterward she may go.” 56He said to them, “Do not delay me, since the Lord has prospered my way. Send me away that I may go to my master.” 57And they said, “We will call the girl and consult her wishes.” 58Then they called Rebekah and said to her, “Will you go with this man?” And she said, “I will go.” 59Thus they sent away their sister Rebekah and her nurse with Abraham’s servant and his men. 60They blessed Rebekah and said to her, Being Servants of Christ, Message on Biblical Servanthood - Part III: The Virtues of a Servant

  17. The Virtues of a Servant “May you, our sister,Become thousands of ten thousands,And may your descendants possessThe gate of those who hate them.” 61Then Rebekah arose with her maids, and they mounted the camels and followed the man. So the servant took Rebekah and departed. Isaac Marries Rebekah 62Now Isaac had come from going to Beer-lahai-roi; for he was living in the Negev. 63Isaac went out to meditate in the field toward evening; and he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, camels were coming. 64Rebekah Being Servants of Christ, Message on Biblical Servanthood - Part III: The Virtues of a Servant

  18. The Virtues of a Servant lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac she dismounted from the camel. 65She said to the servant, “Who is that man walking in the field to meet us?” And the servant said, “He is my master.” Then she took her veil and covered herself. 66The servant told Isaac all the things that he had done. 67Then Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent, and he took Rebekah, and she became his wife, and he loved her; thus Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death. (Genesis 24.1-67) Being Servants of Christ, Message on Biblical Servanthood - Part III: The Virtues of a Servant

  19. The Virtues of a Servant 12 Virtues of a Servant, from Genesis 24. A servant… • Eschews ___________________ (v. 2). • Trusts God to “__________________________________” (v. 7). • Understands that he is ________to ___________ (vv. 9). • Is ________________ to accomplish the mission (v. 10). • Conscientiously ______ for _________ and ________ (vv. 12-14). name recognition work all things together for good obey God bound fully prepared Being Servants of Christ, Message on Biblical Servanthood - Part III: The Virtues of a Servant

  20. The Virtues of a Servant 12 Virtues of a Servant, from Genesis 24. A servant… • Eschews ___________________ (v. 2). • Trusts God to “__________________________________” (v. 7). • Understands that he is ________to ___________ (vv. 9). • Is ________________ to accomplish the mission (v. 10). • Conscientiously ______ for _________ and ________ (vv. 12-14). name recognition work all things together for good 450 miles obey God bound fully prepared Being Servants of Christ, Message on Biblical Servanthood - Part III: The Virtues of a Servant

  21. The Virtues of a Servant 12 Virtues of a Servant, from Genesis 24. A servant… • Eschews ___________________ (v. 2). • Trusts God to “__________________________________” (v. 7). • Understands that he is ________to ___________ (vv. 9). • Is ________________ to accomplish the mission (v. 10). • Conscientiously ______ for _________ and ________ (vv. 12-14). name recognition work all things together for good obey God bound fully prepared prays wisdom success Being Servants of Christ, Message on Biblical Servanthood - Part III: The Virtues of a Servant

  22. The Virtues of a Servant 12 Virtues of a Servant, from Genesis 24. A servant… • Is ______ to be successful, _______, and not ________ (v. 17). • Proves ___________; surpasses _____________ (v. 18-20). • Exercises ______________; doesn’t ______ to _____________ (v. 21). • Practices ____________; makes ______________ _________ (v. 25). • Is _________; ________ God for His ___________ (vv. 26-27). active eager passive expectations excellence Being Servants of Christ, Message on Biblical Servanthood - Part III: The Virtues of a Servant

  23. The Virtues of a Servant • FACTOID: • A thirsty camel could drink ~ten gallons; the three men also drank, so let’s say that was another ½ gallon ea. • The water jars that the women carried held about three gallons and would have weighed about thirty pounds. • The wells of that time, some of which still exist today, were dug wide and deep, about 100’ deep, and had a spiral staircase to get down to the water. Do the math: • 10 camels X 10 gal./camel = 100 gal. of water + 3 men @ ½ gal. of water each = ~102 gallons. • 102 gal. of water  3 gal./jar = ~34 trips down & back up the well. • A 100’ well = ~100 steps; 34 trips = ~3.4K steps ea. down & back up (the latter carrying a 30 lb. weight). • “She girds herself with strength and makes her arms strong.”(Proverbs 31.17, “An excellent wife”) 12 Virtues of a Servant, from Genesis 24. A servant… • Is ______ to be successful, _______, and not ________ (v. 17). • Proves ___________; surpasses _____________ (v. 18-20). • Exercises ______________; doesn’t ______ to _____________ (v. 21). • Practices ____________; makes ______________ _________ (v. 25). • Is _________; ________ God for His ___________ (vv. 26-27). active eager passive expectations excellence Being Servants of Christ, Message on Biblical Servanthood - Part III: The Virtues of a Servant

  24. The Virtues of a Servant 12 Virtues of a Servant, from Genesis 24. A servant… • Is ______ to be successful, _______, and not ________ (v. 17). • Proves ___________; surpasses _____________ (v. 18-20). • Exercises ______________; doesn’t ______ to _____________ (v. 21). • Practices ____________; makes ______________ _________ (v. 25). • Is _________; ________ God for His ___________ (vv. 26-27). active eager passive expectations excellence discernment jump conclusions hospitality strangers feel welcome provisions humble thanks Being Servants of Christ, Message on Biblical Servanthood - Part III: The Virtues of a Servant

  25. The Virtues of a Servant 12 Virtues of a Servant, from Genesis 24. A servant… • ________ on __________; doesn’t _____________ or ______ (v. 56). • Proves his ________________ by his ________ ________ (vv. 1-67). “…whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave; just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” (Jesus, Matthew 20.26-28) Focuses outcomes compromise delay servant’s heart selfless serving Being Servants of Christ, Message on Biblical Servanthood - Part III: The Virtues of a Servant

  26. Closing Thoughts Being Servants of Christ, Message on Biblical Servanthood - Part III: The Virtues of a Servant